Museum of Broadcast Communications

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360 N State St., Chicago, IL 60654 360 N State St., Chicago Directions
+13122458200
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Report | 10 days ago
Nice museum but it could use more exhibits...it ended entirely to quickly
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Report | 24 days ago
Yes, join and visit. I only have been to the first museum and feel guilty not going to the new one sooner.
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Report | 2 months ago
This was very interesting. We spent most of our time in the TV section. Visiting this museum will take about 2-3 hours.
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Report | 3 months ago
an amazing place Id like to go back
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Report | 4 months ago
Plan on at least 2 hours. Lots of great memorabilia for locals but a wonderful walk down memory lane for anyone who grew up in the 50s, 60s or 70s.
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Report | 4 months ago
A must go.
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Report | 5 months ago
Could use more old radios....it would be interesting to be able to put the title of an old tv show and watch a complete episode.
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Report | 5 months ago
Great buy and a wonderful past time to do with all ages of the family
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Report | 6 months ago
We thought we'd spend an hour or so in this museum however we found it so interesting we were there for three hours! There are so many wonderful displays and information we'd recommend it to anyone!
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Report | 6 months ago
When we were watching the JFK/Nixon debate video, we had a difficult time hearing as it seemed you had to stand exactly under that bell, otherwise the audio would stop. I can't remember what theater we went into but we couldn't not figure out how to get the movie to start. I would think better signage would be in order. Other than that, the three of us enjoyed the museum immensely. thanks
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From the first televised presidential debates between Kennedy and Nixon to Neil Armstrong using his smartphone to check-in at the moon, some of society's most formative moments are products of major advances in communication technology. In its collection of nearly 100,000 hours of digitized television and radio broadcasts and more than 1,800 artifacts—including the camera that broadcast the Kennedy-Nixon debate—the Museum of Broadcast Communications immortalizes the progression of media formats and their place in history. Besides historic newsreels and pivotal artifacts, the museum's curators have equally embraced the light-hearted side of communications, with collections of puppets and props from classic children's television shows and a compendium of television commercials dating back 60 years. Those who grew up in the Chicagoland area will recognize artifacts from locally filmed WGN programs such as Bozo's Circus and Garfield Goose and Friends. Several characters from The Ray Ranyer Show spark fond memories, most notably his beloved canine puppet, Cuddly Dudley. Additionally, a compendium of television commercials dating back 60 years.

Elsewhere, a 17-foot tall neon and steel media tower makes for great King Kong reenactments, and features 36 monitors as well as vintage control room equipment. The interactivity continues in the television studio, where visitors can tape their own newscasts. While museum guests are free to explore permanent exhibits in the National Radio Hall of Fame, which houses artifacts from The Jack Benny Program and the original ventriloquist dummies from The Charlie McCarthy Show, they're also encouraged to check out new summer exhibits such as The Life & Times of Gary Coleman.

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